Tuesday, November 4, 2014

November 3, 2014

Hola Familia/ Amigos 

Well this week has been interesting. I was very exhausting, but very rewarding as well. It was hard, especially since we all started to come down with small colds, however thanks to the extra hour of sleep we got Saturday night, and eating a few Jalape├▒os to clean us out, we are all feeling much better! 

This past week was full of service. From moving a family onto an Air Force Base, to tackling goats, so we could give them their shots, and clip their hooves, to bucking 85 bales of hay, alfalfa, and straw, and then throwing 150 pumpkins from a box, to someone’s front heard! A lot of fun, but as you all know, after a long time of no physical working out, or physical stress on the body, it can become very hard to recovery from such activities! Very sore muscles, hands, feet, shoulders..You name it we're feeling it. 

I cannot explain how much I am falling in love with this area. I just feel I’m in Blackfoot all the time. 

The missionary Work here in Rio vista, is picking up slowly but surely. We are struggling to find a lot of new investigators to teach, however we are working with a lot of part member families who are getting so close to entering the waters of baptism. They are all very open with us as missionaries, and have no problem with us teaching them. They come to church pretty often with us as well. It is amazing because most of the time part member families, can be very hard to work with, because they have just been over taught by the missionaries in the past. 

We have been having a lot of fun strengthening the members, and working with them to become stronger and better leaders in the Branch! This past Sunday we had a recent convert, who was baptized in January, receive the Melchizedek Priesthood. We have been working with him, and striving to help him understand and have a better knowledge of the importance of leaders in the church, leaders other than the prophets... And such. 

We are also still working very closely with Hawk and Liza. She is progressing very well. Yesterday being fast Sunday, we had the chance on Saturday evening, after a delicious meal we had with them to talk about the importance and blessings of fasting as well as the offerings. She absolutely loved it, and was very quick to jump on board and be willing to fast with us. We haven't had the chance to follow up on how it went, but we are excited to see where things go! 

Hawk is amazing he is already starting to share with his niece more about how they are going to church and such. He has actually been able to bring his niece back to church yesterday for the first time in 20 years. So long ago that they didn't even have her records anymore. However now Kim is wanting us to start teaching her husband Curtis who is not a member, because she wants to come back to church, and have a strong family, with a good strong faith. I'm super excited. 

Things in the Rio de Janeiro, so we call it, are going pretty well. We might be struggling finding people to teach, but the members are doing a decent job of doing it for us.  It is super fun, all of the members are great, and we are really starting to gain relationships with so many of them. 

I love you all, and thank you all so very much for the wonderful prayers and support that I feel daily. Hope you all had a wonderful Halloween. 

Elder Albertson 

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